Most people want to avoid as much pain in life as possible. Think about it; you don’t know anyone who likes getting stung by a bee, banging their knee on a piece of furniture, or breaking an arm. But the parents of Gabby Gingras want one thing for their daughter above all else: for her to feel pain.
If you had to describe your church, how would you go about it? What words would you use? Even better, how would your community describe your church? What would they say about you?
Authentic, or obligatory? Loving, or lacking? Transformative, or stagnant?
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Fish Hoek Beach is a major tourist attraction near Cape Town in South Africa. Visitors from around the world can stroll the beaches, eat at seaside restaurants, and even take a dip in the Atlantic Ocean for a refreshing swim.
That is, unless there are Great Whites in the water.
If you want to know what the face of forgiveness looks like, just take a glance at the face of Rev. Johannes Christian. Now…be warned: it’s a horribly disfigured face…one that has required approximately 40 reconstructive surgeries in the past decade.
But his is literally the face of forgiveness, nonetheless.
Phil was in the front yard tossing a football with his two sons when a wild dog jumped the fence and attacked the middle-aged school teacher. The dog bit at his pant leg and then nipped him on the shin a few times before disappearing back over the fence.
Fortunately, his two boys were uninjured, but Phil was immediately rushed to the hospital by his wife who was worried about rabies.